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There’s no such thing as a “behavior problem”

There’s no such thing as a behavior problem. Well, not anymore than you or your husband has a behavior problem. Or your boss. Or your best friend. When we label children as having behavior problems, meeting their needs and overcoming the real, underlying challenge they’re facing becomes impossible. Throwing a tantrum, whining, yelling, lashing out, or…

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11 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

Let’s open this one with an awkward story. Our next door neighbors (who have since moved) once left their two kids playing out in the front yard with my wife and our daughter. My wife wasn’t asked to supervise, I guess it was just assumed she would. Anyway, their five year old daughter climbed onto…

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Kids desperately need fat (but not the kind most are eating)

The “low fat” craze has been a disaster for human health. Worse, the experts told us, “If you do eat fat, each processed vegetable oils and margarine.” That’s a recipe for increased inflammation, poor gut health, decreased nutrient absorption, and obesity. And that’s exactly what we’re seeing across the board in health outcomes. Kids aren’t…

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11 Things to Stop Saying to Your Child Around Food

Subjecting children to shame, fear, and guilt is a societal norm that I’m desperately trying to abolish. The negative outcomes are numerous. But when shame, fear, and guilt are tied to food, it creates a uniquely tragic situation. What we say and do to children around food causes mental, emotional, and physical ripples. Depending on the frequency…

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5 convincing reasons to let your kids be barefoot

“Get that child some shoes!” A random grandmother shouted at me across the parking lot at the grocery store. She was concerned at the apparent neglect of my child — the fact that she wasn’t wearing shoes. That’s probably the thought of many of the people who pass us by, but only the old, withering…

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Healthy eating for kids starts during pregnancy

This article originally appeared at Rebooted Body. There’s a disconnect in our society right now. The idea that pregnant women can eat whatever they want simply because they’re in a 9 month period where they can’t control their body composition is preposterous. Not only does this attitude not respect the baby, it doesn’t respect mom…

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What “doing your best” actually looks like

There’s an epidemic of parents “doing their best.” That phrase, by the way, is code for, “I just repeat the cycle that was done to me and hope for the best.” Sure, in reality, we are all truly doing our best. And nobody is perfect. But most people who use that phrase are using it as an…

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Babies need breast milk for this one critical reason

There’s a lot of “reasons to breastfeed your baby” articles out there, but most of them miss the single most important point… If you care at all about your baby’s physical and mental wellbeing, this one argument should be enough to convince you (if you need convincing). If you’re already convinced, it’ll be a great…

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